DIY INDOOR LITTER CAT GARDEN SANCTUARY

//DIY INDOOR LITTER CAT GARDEN SANCTUARY

DIY INDOOR LITTER CAT GARDEN SANCTUARY

If you have a cat or multiple cats, you likely have a space in your home where you put the litter boxes that is far, far away from other normal living spaces. Because let’s face it, having a litter box in or near your living quarters can put a damper on life: the smell, the mess, the litter dust…

Last year, with the help of Tidy Cats, we overhauled our litter room to go from eew to ooh through our “Littervention“… and this year, we’re taking it up a notch. We’re creating an indoor kitty litter garden in your litter area that both you and your cats can enjoy year-round.

Check out this progression from 2015 (eew) to 2016 (ooh) to 2017 (ahhh)

How To Turn Your Litter Room Into An Indoor Kitty Litter Garden Sanctuary

It’s actually pretty easy to do this and the whole project, including the cat-safe plants, cost about $300. I always reference the ASPCA’s directory on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats before bringing any plant into my home.

Here’s what we used – but use your imagination and choose items that fit with your own home!

  • Indoor/Outdoor Rug

  • Small Garden Cart

  • Wooden Garden Trellis

  • Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter (Glade Clean Blossom Formula) – I chose the “Clean Blossoms” formula because a) it’s really lightweight – so it’s purrfect to put on the cart, b) the scent is really light and pleasant and not overpowering at all, and c) it clumps really well, which will help keep the area cleaner.

  • Cat-Safe Plants: Boston Ferns, Gerbera Daisies, Lemon Button Ferns (Duffii Fern), Dill, Basil, Rosemary, American Rubber Plant (safe choice, but not used here), Prayer Plant (safe choice, but not used here)

    Note, if you are hesitant to use real plants, opt for artificial ones!

  • Planters including 5 small plastic containers for use with the trellis, and plenty others to place around the area.

  • Small Wooden Garden Stool

  • Garden Cat Statue (optional)

  • Ash River Rock (optional) – These rocks are smooth and large enough that your cat cannot pick them up

You’ll also need some simple tools including:

  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

How To Create A Cat Garden Room Like This One…

Step 1: Assemble the cart according to the enclosed instructions

Step 2: Assemble the stool according to the enclosed instructions

Step 3: Saw off the ends of the trellis (those ends would normally stick into the ground)

Step 4: Randomly place the 5 small plastic containers on the trellis and drill small holes on the trellis where you want to place them. Pre-drilling the hole will make it easier to affix the planters with screws

Step 5: Use a screwdriver and one screw to affix the small plastic pots to the trellis

Step 6: Affix the trellis to the wall. Mark where the wall studs are and use a level to ensure that the trellis is even on the wall.  Again, use a drill to make holes in the trellis, then use screws to affix the trellis to the wall.

Now that you have the major structures in place, it’s time to decorate with potted plants!

Step 7: Creating the Garden

Garden Cart

  • Top Shelf: The top shelf was the perfect place to put things like the Tidy Cats Clean Blossoms Lightweight Litter, a small watering can, and other items you need quick access to.
  • Middle and Bottom Shelves: The shorter height of these shelves was the perfect place for smaller plants like basil, dill and rosemary, all planted in small containers.
  • To the left of the cart: A litter scoop is hidden by a cute cat statue that acts as a litter scoop holder
Left side: Garden cart with Tidy Cats Clean Blossom Litter and a variety of cat-safe plants.

Left and Right Side of Room (Litter Boxes Centered)

  • One large Boston Fern was placed on top of an inverted pot to give some height, the other Boston Fern was placed on the small stool on the other side of the room.
  • On the left-side floor, use three planters containing: red Gerbera (Gerber) daisies, basil and a small lemon button fern.

On the right-side floor, use several planters (we used three) containing a variety of plants. We used yellow Gerbera (Gerber) daisies, rosemary, basil and a small Boston Fern.

Between litter boxes, two small pots containing basil and a small lemon button fern were placed to continue the theme.

On the trellis, each of the five pots were filled with mini plants including:

  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Mini Boston fern
  • Mini lemon button ferns (2)

Ceramic pots were placed in between the litter boxes including basil and a small lemon button fern.

Indoor cat garden

Finally, a neutral-colored indoor/outdoor rug was placed in the center of the room to bring the whole room together and add more warmth. The nice thing about indoor/outdoor rugs are their durability. My cats love to stretch out their claws and scratch on them, and they are (nearly) indestructible! I also added a painting of a landscape that I had made several years ago, above the trellis, to really help tie the room together.

Maggie relaxing on the indoor/outdoor rug - taking in some sunshine through the window

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  • Must be 18 years of age and have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible.
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  • Winner will be announced by June 2, 2017, once the winner’s mailing address has been confirmed. 

And that’s it! It took one day to do all of the shopping and another day to put it all together. My cats were eager to take this new design for a test drive. They have really enjoyed the room. Some of them have nibbled at the cat-safe plants, but really not very much.

A Note about Cats and Litter Box Areas

Cats can be very particular about where they “do their business.” Any time you make a change to their normal routine, be sure to introduce your cats slowly if necessary.

It’s important to note that I have several other areas of my home with litter boxes that have stayed the same. I want to ensure that if any one of my cats was unhappy with the new garden, or just need some time to adjust, they have alternate areas to go.

A few tips on litter box areas:

  • Place litter boxes in quiet, low-traffic areas
  • Use at least one litter box per cat PLUS one additional box
  • Place litter boxes throughout your home, so your cats have multiple options.
  • Clean boxes daily (or more). If you hate cleaning their boxes, do yourself a favor and time yourself to see how long it takes you. You’ll see that you can clean the boxes in a matter of minutes. I timed myself and it took me less than two full minutes to clean them. Sometimes when we put it in perspective, it is so much easier to adopt good habits and make them part of your daily routine.

What did you think of our Litter Box Garden Makeover? Is it something you would try? Why or why not?

The Fine Print

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2017-07-10T15:14:21+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: CAT NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Julia Burr May 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Love the ideas in this post! I am in the process of modifying a bedroom into the cat/litter room. I have gotten a lot of cat boxes, stairs, window ledge and will use some of the ideas for completing the look with plants. I love tidy cats litter and use it religiously! I would love to ein

    • The Catnip Times May 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Julia! I hope your kitties enjoy their new litter room!

  2. Marti Gordon May 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I love this. I think I may try something like this in our smaller litter room. We have 3 litter boxes in one area. I need to find 2 or 3 of those tall boys and do a makeover. This is much better this my litter room. I love Tidy cat. its the only one we use and our shelter uses.

  3. Barbara May 24, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Where did you get those cat boxes…great size

    • The Catnip Times May 29, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Hi Barbara – Yes – they are terrific. Tidy Cats gave them to me for our first littervention in May 2016. They are called NVR Miss. If you google “NVR Miss” you should be able to find them.

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